CLEVELAND, OHIO - Bowling Green State University's Megan Chronister (gymnastics) and Western Michigan University's Tim Hiller (football) have been named the recipients of the 2010 Bob James Memorial Award by the Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives as announced by the league office today.
In its 21st year, the Bob James Memorial Award recognizes one female and one male student-athlete who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5, and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The student-athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).
Chronister maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in pre-physical therapy and graduated in May with Summa Cum Laude and Presidential honors with a Bachelor of Applied Health Science degree. Chronister, a native of York, Pa., competed for four years as a bar and beam specialist for the Falcon gymnastics team. She was named MAC Gymnast of the Week on January 27, 2007 for her performance on beam against Northern Illinois University.
Chronister was named second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV and Bowling Green's Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009-10. A four-year Dean's List student, Chronister will attend Thomas Jefferson (Pa.) University in the fall where she will begin graduate classes in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.
Hiller, who carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average in Western Michigan's Masters of Business Administration in Management program and had a 4.0 undergraduate grade average with a major in sales and business marketing, rewrote the Broncos' record books in his four seasons under center. He set or tied 18 school passing records, most notably career passing yards (11,329) and career passing touchdowns (99). The Orrville, Ohio native was also a two-time All-MAC quarterback and the 2005 MAC Freshman of the Year.
Hiller was a three-time Academic All-MAC selection, a 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and recipient of the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy, symbolic of the football student athlete that shows excellence athletically, academically and in terms of giving back to the community. He is currently on the roster of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent.
Other Female Nominees:
Madelyn Robinson, Akron (Swimming & Diving)
Sarah Kehe, Ball State (Cross Country/Swimming/Track)
Denise Harijanto, Buffalo (Tennis)
Katie Simon, Central Michigan (Gymnastics)
Erin Grigg, Eastern Michigan (Gymnastics)
Allison Kittelberger, Kent State (Field Hockey)
Kelsey McHugh, Miami (Cross Country/Track and Field)
Emily Amendola, Ohio (Track and Field)
Marguerite Johnson, Toledo (Golf)
Jillian Mitchell, Western Michigan (Volleyball)
Other Male Nominees:
Tad Kilburn, Ball State (Football)
Jacob Lawrence, Bowling Green (Soccer)
Greg Pilling, Central Michigan (Track and Field)
Paul Krebs, Miami (Cross Country/Track and Field)
Adam Olsheski, Ohio (Football)
Chris Wall, Toledo (Cross Country)
Past Bob James Award Winners
2010 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan Football and Megan Chronister, Bowling Green Gymnastics
2009 Gonzalo Barinaga, Ball State Football and Jillian Wolosiansky, Eastern Michigan Volleyball
2008 Wynn Michalak, Central Michigan Wrestling and Stephanie Swiger, Bowling Green Volleyball
2007 Matt Lefeld, Bowling Green Basketball and Jody Yednock, Northern Illinois Gymnastics
2006 David Mitchell, Miami Cross Country/Track & Field and Marie Zidek, Northern Illinois Volleyball
2005 Burke Badenhop, Bowling Green Baseball and Robin Davidson, Toledo Soccer
2004 Travis Barclay, Ball State Football and Andrea Kremer, Miami Track & Field
2003 Brett Faustman, Central Michigan Wrestling and Katrina Kerns, Bowling Green Track & Field
2002 Anthony Malik, Bowling Green Soccer and Kate Miller, Kent State Basketball
2001 Nick Iagulli, Miami Track & Field and Jennifer Jarjosa, Bowling Green Swimming
2000 Cato Coleman, Miami Track & Field and Laura Szczepanski, Ball State Gymnastics
1999 Justin Millard, Akron Soccer and Wendy Feldman, Central Michigan Volleyball
1998 Desmond Johnston, Akron Soccer and Janelle Tranquillo, Ball State Field Hockey
1997 Joseph Burch, Bowling Green Soccer and Sarah Mikrut, Ball State Gymnastics
1996 Dustin Swinehart, Miami Soccer and Kristin Gaddis, Bowling Green Cross Country/Track
1995 Stephen Fetyko, Eastern Michigan Swimming and Dana Drew, Toledo Women's Basketball
1994 Bob Dudley, Bowling Green Football and Kris Parks, Ohio Cross Country/Track
1993 Sander Scott, Central Michigan Men's Basketball and Kelly Weir, Ohio Women's Basketball
1992 Jeff Bender, Central Michigan Football and Julie Young, Western Michigan Volleyball
1991 Pat Jackson, Bowling Green Football and Kristin McDaniel, Kent State Track & Field
1990 Danny Rieman, Ball State Baseball and Linda Popovich, Bowling Green Volleyball
1989 Rick Winegardner, Ball State Swimming and Kim Keenan, Kent State Cross Country/Track